Director of Safety, Risk and Control

Location CA-ON-Toronto
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/29/2020 10:32 AM)
Legal and Risk


At Aramark Canada, our people are important to us. Our 14,000+ team members coast to coast; deliver experiences that enrich and nourish thousands of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities and uniforms. To show our employees how much we appreciate their efforts, we do everything we can to make sure they feel included, supported and encouraged. Aramark Canada proudly partners with world class post-secondary institutions, world renowned hospitals, major league sports venues and leading global businesses.  As part of a global team that spans 19 countries and has over 200,000 team members; we strive to achieve a safe, diverse and inclusive workforce that our employees can be proud of. Learn more at

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The Director of Safety, Risk and Control (Safety, Risk, Control: SRC Country Lead) will be responsible for the strategic leadership of safety and risk control (SRC) efforts within Aramark’s food, facilities, remote operations across Canada.  They will lead and coach a team of safety professionals who support and enable the implementation of Aramark SAFE (Safety Assurance in Food and Environments) at our nearly 1,000 operations across diverse client markets. They will work closely with business leaders (e.g., Presidents) to secure sponsorship, drive accountability and monitor performance to ensure a safe workplace for our employees, clients and customers.  The SRC Country Lead will also be responsible for leading the development and performance monitoring of tactical plans focused on execution of key SAFE processes that drive continuous improvement, minimize risk, protect Aramark’s brand and demonstrate the value of proactive risk management. 



  • Responsible for identifying and setting organization goals for injury prevention (i.e., occupational safety) and brand protection (i.e., food safety, environmental safety).
  • Establish annual strategic plans to support and enable the business to achieve those goals.
  • Lead, coach and develop a diverse, high-performing team of safety professionals to support Aramark’s business needs and drive continuous improvement.
  • Serve as business partner and coach to the President and participate as a key member of the executive Canadian Leadership Team (CLT) to foster establishment of a strong, inclusive safety culture within the business and at all Aramark client locations.
  • Provide SRC Program Leads, responsible for the SAFE Program enhancement and technical expertise, with ongoing feedback, solutions and support related to SAFE Program and process relevancy, operational effectiveness and areas for improvement.
  • Develop and oversee performance of tactical plans for operations to achieve annual organizational safety and brand protection goals.
  • Effectively manage department budget while ensuring continuous improvement and transitioning towards an ISO 45001 certified management system.
  • Monitor and communicate performance against lagging and leading safety metrics; identify areas for leadership attention.
  • Increase visibility across the business for safety and risk control related issues impacting people and brand. Includes frequent large group presentations, key meeting attendance, executive level one-on-one meetings, etc. 
  • Lead and oversee occupational, food and environmental safety audits, including provincial certification for all location audits across Canada.
  • Oversee the Regional Safety Leader (RSL) and District Safety Leader (DSL) Programs, a network of front-line operators and support staff serving in a safety support role. Management of these programs includes, but is not limited to:
    • Establishing expectations for support activities and performance monitoring
    • Creating RSL and DSL development strategies
    • Establishing and tracking the annual RSL and DSL incentive process
  • Lead and/or participate in departmental and cross-functional projects that contribute to enablement of Aramark SAFE or other improvement efforts, as required.
  • Lead Aramark Canada’s Response Committee, consisting of Aramark’s President, representation from all corporate departments, and representation from operations, in order to react swiftly and timely to crisis situations.
  • Lead and oversee the development and maintenance of Aramark’s Business Continuity Plan for Pandemics, including virus-specific procedures, trainings, and resources.
  • Participate as an Advisor on Aramark’s Be Well. Do Well. Sustainability Steering Committee.
  • Liaise with Supply Chain to ensure alignment with approved products, approved suppliers, contract requirements related to occupational, food and environmental safety, etc.
  • Partner with Aramark’s Growth team on review of new business contracts, support of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Client Business Reviews (CBRs), and new business initiatives (i.e., EverSAFE).
  • Consistently demonstrate key leadership competencies which include:
    • Building rapport and effective performance-based relationships with senior executives and international SRC team members
    • Motivating and inspiring others, both within SRC and throughout Aramark
    • When appropriate, challenging status quo, offering solutions and working to build consensus
    • Influencing without formal authority for strategic improvement initiatives
    • Functioning as a change agent to drive continuous, sustainable safety improvement and that builds value


  • Subject matter expert in occupational, food and environmental safety, with the ability to identify and raise potential risk areas and propose solutions on how to mitigate the risk.
  • Demonstrated communication, consultative and executive coaching, persuasion and influencing skills at all levels.  
  • Proven ability to build constructive and effective relationships, and gain credibility and trust with all stakeholders.
  • Exceptional people leadership skills – including the ability to attract, retain and develop a high functioning team.
  • Ability to coach and influence executives to allocate appropriate resources to drive and sustain organizational change and utilize/leverage the portfolio of service offerings. 
  • Experience leading and managing a team of professionals through major organizational improvement initiatives and a strong working knowledge of change management fundamentals.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with available resources to bring optimal solutions to address diverse organizational and client needs and drive the overall execution and performance of Aramark SAFE.
  • Experience directly interfacing with senior operating leaders within an organization at the line of business or enterprise level (i.e., above a site, plant or unit level).
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Bachelor's degree in related field (MS or MBA preferred).
  • 10+ years of professional experience in environmental health and safety, food safety, risk management, business management, consulting or performance improvement.
  • Safety designation (i.e. CRSP) preferred.


Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available upon request.


The finalist candidate for this position will need to complete and successfully pass a Criminal Background Check and a Vulnerable Sector Screening (if the operations we service require this). If hired for this position, your continued employment with us would be conditional upon Aramark being satisfied that you have successfully cleared both these conditions.





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